Posts Tagged ‘Tighten Up’

Saturday Matinee – Utopia, The Nicholas Brancker Band, Bernard “Pretty” Perdie & Co., and The Cleverlys

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Utopia (2019) is a short by filmmaker Kosta Nikas. A man lives in a society where citizens police each other with their mobile phones. [Found here.]

The Nicholas Brancker Band plays 60’s-70s spouge, a style that was “Barbados’ answer to ska in Jamaica and calypso in Trinidad.” I’d heard before but never knew it had a name until recently (thanks to Queen H.). Jump to 01:10 for the music.

Tighten Up (Part 1) is a cover of the classic 1968 Archie Bell & the Drells hit. Music starts at 0:40. This all-star lineup features:

Bernard “Pretty” Perdie – drums
Chuck Rainey – bass
David T. Walker – guitar
Sonny Phillips – organ
Bill Bivens – tenor sax
Virgil Jones – trumpet
Pancho Morales – percussion
Lou Donaldson – alto sax

“If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.” – NYT

As long as we’re doing covers, The Cleverlys‘ take on The Proclaimers 1988 song is a good’un. A lot of the songs they cover are parodies of a sort (I expected to hear “pterodactyl” in the refrain) but they play I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) straight… mostly.

There’s a hunderd other things that I can think of to post, but I gotta wrap it up and ship it out. Have a great weekend, and you know what to do.

Saturday Matinee – A.B. & the D., C.T.A., B.G., and Dan

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Archie Bell & the Drells doin’ the “Tighten Up.”  No lip synching there.

Chicago Transit Authority from 1970. Chicago was a lot of funk and whiteboy soul and I loved this band before it got all weeny. They were cool, even after “Color My World,” the slow-dance-rubbing-anthem for teenagers everywhere.  (Janessa Vapors was in great demand whenever it was played.)

“Sweet Home Chicago,” a Robert Johnson song, as performed by Buddy Guy in the Elmore James style. I might be mistaken, but it looks like the late Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s band Double Trouble is backing him up.  Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi’s “Blues Brothers” resurrected the song, but dedicated it to Magic Sam.

Now for something completely differnet. At the TR board meeting today, we discussed whether or not we should allow/encourage submissions of links to the Utoobage that demonstrate the various talents of our Loyal Readers.

The answer was a solid but wavering YES.

So here’s our first submitutante, Dan, who knows how to shred a guitar and doesn’t mind posting it on the Utoobage.  Note that he’s torn the head off his electromo-gitfiddle since it was obviously in his way.

What kinda man follows Tacky Raccoons? Well, there you go. If anyone else would like to contribute, post your hidden talents, toss us some emailage and maybe we’ll give you some pro-bono face time.

Your pal,
Bunk


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